Despite winning the traditional Mornington Cup Prelude with a victory in Saturday’s Reaan Plate at Caulfield, Stephen Brown’s Darwin galloper Bolton will bypass the chance to secure a Caulfield Cup 2012 ballot exemption in Wednesday week’s Mornington Cup.
The smart Zabeel five-year-old posted their second Melbourne win of the season when saluting as the $2.70 favourite in the $100,000 Listed Reaan Plate (2000m).
With jockey Nicholas Hall in the mount Bolton was able to beat home Cindy Alderson’s well-performing outsider Montgomery ($21) by three quarters of a length while the Dean Howard-trained Royal Mail finished off the winning trifecta a further one and three quarter lengths back in third.
Bolton has now won five of their 17 career starts for just under $165,000 in prize money, but will not be given the chance at a second stakes success on the 15th in the $200,000 Listed Mornington Cup (2400m).
Brown originally planned to take the galloper there following Saturday’s run, but jockey Hall told the trainer after the Reaan that Bolton would not handle the 2400m well.
“Everyone is saying run him in the Mornington Cup but 2400 metres is beyond him and we don’t want to stuff him up,” Brown said.
New Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival options for the middle-distance champ could now include the $200,000 Group 2 St George Stakes (1800m) back at Caulfield on Blue Diamond Stakes Day, February 25.
If they progress well there is also a chance Bolton could make the field for the $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington on March 10.
Bolton is not currently among the 2012 Australian Cup nominations and connections would have to pay a hefty $55,000 late entry by March 5 to get them in.
“He’s going really well and we know he can run the (Australian Cup) distance now,” Brown said.
Americain is the current $4.20 Australian Cup betting favourite in the futures markets at Luxbet, Bolton absent from the odds at this stage.
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2012 Reaan Plate Results
Caulfield Race 7 – 04/02/2012
|1||5||BOLTON (NZ)||Stephen Brown||Nicholas Hall||–||1||57kg||$2.70F|
|2||3||MONTGOMERY (NZ)||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Glen Boss||0.75L||8||57kg||$21|
|3||4||ROYAL MAIL||Dean Howard||Danny Nikolic||2.5L||4||57kg||$4.80|
|4||7||APRES||Clinton McDonald||Chris Symons||3.75L||5||57kg||$7.50|
|5||10||UMATIC||Shawn Mathrick||Damien Oliver||6.5L||6||57kg||$21|
|6||1||SEA GALLEON||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Ben Melham||7.25L||2||58kg||$4|
|7||8||SEGURO (NZ)||Brian Jenkins||Jake Noonan (a)||10.5L||3||57kg||$17|
|8||9||TIGERIFFIC||Clinton McDonald||Craig Newitt||12L||7||57kg||$101|
|–||6||SEAN BAILE MOR||Todd Balfour||Dwayne Dunn||–||0||–||–|
|–||2||THE BIG STEEL||Matt Laurie||Craig Williams||–||0||–||–|